BEATRICE – The transition is just beginning, but there’s an early hint that the Beatrice Board of Public Works is saving money by switching wholesale electric suppliers.
This is the first year Beatrice is transitioning from Nebraska Public Power District, to A-E-P Energy Partners, of Ohio.
BPW Manager Tobias Tempelmeyer says a look at January shows the cost per kilowatt-hour is the lowest January figure, since 2016.
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Tempelmeyer says the city expects the numbers to get better, as the city completes the transition between wholesale suppliers…over a three-year-period.
This year, the city is still getting 70% of its wholesale power through NPPD.
Meanwhile, Tempelmeyer told the board, Wednesday, that the cost of providing municipal services is declining. Those are services provided by the Board of Public Works to city government, that are not charged. In return, the BPW doesn’t pay occupation taxes on the services.
On the electric side, the kilowatt-hour cost has declined six of the past seven years…about 21-percent. One major reason is use of more efficient lighting.
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Street light operation and replacement costs have dropped more than 40% since 2013, with the use of LED lamps. Electric Superintendent Pat Feist says the coverage area of the lighting is much better.
In the water department, usage at city facilities has been down, four of the past six years. Two factors include weather and better monitoring of irrigation at park facilities.
Overall, municipal services costs are the lowest, since 2009.